We are thrilled that you have chosen Alloy for your provisional patent. We strive to make every aspect of your experience world-class, because we want you to feel confident that you have made the right choice.
PROPOSAL FOR WORK:
Basic Outline of Terms (detailed terms in LOE below):
- Draft and file a provisional patent application with USPTO
- 6 week deadline to filing
- Price including Filing Fees: $2599
- Optional payment plan
Thank you for choosing to retain Alloy Patent Law (Alloy, We, Us) to provide intellectual property services for you (client). This Letter of Engagement (“agreement”) sets forth the terms upon which you have agreed to retain Alloy.
Alloy agrees to perform work on the matters described in the signed, addended schedule(s). Additional, separate, signed schedules are required for any significant change or addition to the scope. This agreement applies to all aspects of the Attorney-Client relationship and services rendered to the client or assigns and supersedes any prior Letter of Engagement with Alloy Patent Law. Commonly, during legal proceedings, including patent and trademark matters, additional action will be required for the case to proceed, including, but not limited to, Office Action Responses, Examiner Interviews, Patent Issuance, Information Disclosure Statements, and similar. Upon completion of the scope of work defined in a schedule, client representation is complete, and no further action is promised by Alloy beyond those agreed to in signed schedules. The success of any case or proceeding cannot be guaranteed, and no verbal or written statements by Alloy shall be construed as such. Alloy may contact you regarding the progress of your case, though the responsibility to follow case progress remains with the client. Further action on your case by Alloy will require a new, additional, signed schedule.
Cooperation of Client
To enable us to represent you effectively, you agree to cooperate fully with us in connection with this matter, and to fully and accurately disclose all facts and documents that may be relevant to the matter or that we may otherwise request.
Modes of Communication
Written communication to Alloy Patent Law should be transmitted via email or certified letter. Matters relating to your case should not be handled via text message. Alloy Patent Law maintains a flexible schedule, and we attempt to respond to client communications diligently and promptly. However, no warranties are made regarding responsibility to communicate beyond those defined in the scope of a schedule.
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Consent to Receive Communications
You agree to receive occasional email updates with recent intellectual property news and information about Alloy. You consent to have all phone calls and video conferences recorded for quality purposes.
This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington and without regard to choice of law or conflict of law principles.
Disclosure of Your Name as our Client
We are proud to serve you as legal counsel and may include your name in marketing materials and on our website. If you would prefer that we refrain from using your name and representation in this manner, please advise us via email.
Termination and Withdrawal
Client may terminate our representation at any time by notifying us via written communication. Consistent with our ethical obligations to our client, we may cease rendering services for the client and withdraw from representation of the client at any time upon ten (10) days written notice, and (where necessary) leave of court, with or without good cause. Completion of the agreed-upon scope of work in signed schedules is effective to terminate representation.
By signing this agreement, you and Alloy agree that any disputes over the amount of any of our fees, this agreement, alleged breach of professional conduct, or malpractice will be settled by binding arbitration under the rules of the State of Washington, as opposed to litigation in a court of law. Arbitration proceedings to be conducted in King County or Okanogan County. You are aware that this is an agreement for waiver of rights to jury trial, appeal, and broad discovery under Washington code of civil procedure, and that arbitration may involve higher upfront costs than litigation. This agreement does not impinge your rights to issue disciplinary grievances, and you have the right to speak with independent counsel prior to executing the agreement.
Partnership with Third Parties
As part of our representation, third party paralegals, attorneys, and administrative personnel may interface with you to complete the agreed upon scope of work.
Generally, Alloy bills for services on a flat-fee basis that is defined within the scope of a schedule. Flat-fee billing will not be adjusted once a schedule is signed. Certain circumstances—such as excessive client alterations of disclosures, failures of the client to provide promised information, or a change in the law—may require a new schedule agreement to properly handle a matter. We will notify you immediately if such circumstance occurs.
If additional work is performed outside of that defined in a schedule, Alloy may bill hourly for our services. Normal communication and work that occurs within the scope defined by a schedule is not subject to hourly billing. Typical instances that are billed hourly include additional consultation or legal advice that occurs after the completion of the scope of work defined in a schedule. Our hourly rates, billed in .25 hour increments, are as follows: Patent Counsel: $300/hour; Patent Paralegal: $105/hour.
Alloy will submit invoice(s) stating balance(s) due. Client will be responsible for submitting payment prior to due date.
Past Due Amounts
You authorize Alloy to charge an additional 12% interest on any outstanding balance that becomes past due or goes off of a payment plan schedule. Payments submitted by credit card are subject to an additional 2.9% processing fee.
In the case that any provision of this agreement or addenda are held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, the validity, legality, and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected.
Alloy Patent Law agrees to perform work on the following matters for you:
PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION (PPA-LC): ALLOY WILL PREPARE A PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION BASED ON YOUR INVENTION DISCLOSURE DOCUMENTS. VERBAL DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION CAN BE USED TO SUPPLEMENT OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE INVENTION. APPLICATION WILL BE A HIGH-QUALITY DRAFT HAVING A SPECIFICATION OF 1500-4000 WORDS, WITH A SUFFICIENT DRAWINGS TO ALLOW A READER TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE INVENTION. NORMAL APPLICATION COSTS, INCLUDING DRAFTING, DRAWING PREPARATION, AND USPTO APPLICATION FEES ARE INCLUDED IN ALLOY’S STATED FEES. ALLOY WILL PROVIDE A DRAFT OF THE PPA FOR YOUR APPROVAL PRIOR TO FILING. ALLOY STRIVES FOR CLIENT SATISFACTION.
A PPA is a priority document used to establish you as the inventor and to reserve your right to pursue a patent within the next 12 months. A PPA is not a full patent and does not bestow upon the owner the full rights associated with a patent. You understand that a PPA expires 12 months after it is filed and must be followed by a full nonprovisional patent application within 12 months of the PPA filing date, or the right to file for patent may be lost.
Matters outside the scope as described above are not covered by this schedule. All work reasonably necessary to complete the matters above are included in the scope.
Your case is very important to us. In order to provide you with high-quality work, the scope of work described above is expected to require four to six (4-6) weeks, beginning on the day after receipt of both this signed letter of engagement, your invention disclosure form, and up-front fees. If timing is of the essence, expedited preparation may be available at additional cost.
Alloy Patent Law agrees to provide, for a flat fee of $2599, the services described in the Scope, above. Payment options include in-full or financed options. Financed options include a 1% per month finance fee.
USPTO fees, including up to the undiscounted provisional patent application fee of $280, are included in the stated price.